There are a lot of Atlantans or folks with Atlanta ties on reality shows right now. Here’s a quick look see on how they’re all doing so far.
SURVIVOR: Atlantan Davie Rickenbacker and former Atlantan Christian Hubicki
STATUS: After seven episodes, both players are still in vying for the $1 million.
Christian has turned out to be the breakout star as part of the David tribe against the Goliath tribe. The former Georgia Tech post-doc student, who recently joined the Florida State University as as robotics professor, has blended inherent intellectual smarts with a surprisingly agile social game. At the same time, he has become a target because people perceive him as too strong a player. He may struggle to stick around for that very reason.
Davie has kept a lower profile but he found an Immunity Idol and used it to save Christian this past Wednesday. Christian has juggled two different alliances. Davie was not part of one of them but he had no idea what Christian was up to. The Davids are still down 6-5 to the Goliaths so Davie technically is in the minority but alliances are shifting so it’s difficult to gauge where Davie stands. He seems close to the other black dude left on the show Carl.
AIRS: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS
HELL's KITCHEN: Atlantans Scotley Innis and Gizzy Barton
AIRS: Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox
STATUS: Gizzy was cut in the seventh show November 16. She had some confidence issues and by volunteering so quickly to sit out an earlier challenge, she had to compete with five others to stay in the kitchen. She chose a very rustic bass dish that may have been too simple for Gordon Ramsay's taste although it defined her. The producers must have loved the fact it came down to Scotley and Gizzy because they had both worked at South City Kitchen. Scotley had taken Gizzy's job. Despite using lentils under an ahi tuna, which Gordon mocked, he beat out Gizzy.
In a Messenger note (which she then deleted), Gizzy said Scotley stole her lentil recipe from South City Kitchen, which made her even madder. But she had a panic attack and was ready to leave when she did. As for Scotley, she clearly is not a fan. Overall, she did enjoy her experience.
Scotley remains in the top 10. He’s had mixed results so far, nominated for elimination a couple of times but surviving so far. He is also super opinionated, with a special dislike toward Trevor, who he calls “baby girl.” Trevor dubs Scotley a “bully.”
Credit: Universal Kids
Credit: Universal Kids
TOP CHEF JUNIOR: Atlanta resident Londyn Green, now 12 years old
AIRS: Saturdays at 6 p.m. on Universal Kids
STATUS: Top five. She is a Seventh Day Adventist and does not eat shellfish or pork so if she cooks those types of dishes, she has to have others taste it. She also keeps Kosher. Her dad Byron Green, a recruiter, went to culinary school so that's where her love of cooking came from. She has already interned at Buckhead Life restaurants, especially Amelie's French bakery. Her strengths: "I have the ability to make fusion dishes," she told me back in September. "They're very intricate and amazing!" She could win $50,000 if she makes it to the end.
DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIORS: Hampton resident Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson from "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "From Not to Hot."
STATUS: Eliminated October 28 during the fourth episode.
AIRS: Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC
THE VOICE: Atlanta resident Patrique Fortson, 38, R&B singer
STATUS: Eliminated November 13 during the first live show results from Team Jennifer Hudson after performing "Ain't Nobody."
Rodney Ho writes about entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution including TV, radio, film, comedy and all things in between. A native New Yorker, he has covered education at The Virginian-Pilot, small business for The Wall Street Journal and a host of beats at the AJC over 20-plus years. He loves tennis, pop culture & seeing live events.